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Pader residents construct health centre II

By Arnest Tumwesige

Added 7th January 2018 02:51 PM

The work was spearheaded by a farmers’ youth group, Ribe Ber Village Saving and Loan Association, with support from Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA).

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The work was spearheaded by a farmers’ youth group, Ribe Ber Village Saving and Loan Association, with support from Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA).

PIC: Members of the Ribe Ber Youth Group standing in front of the health centre they constructed.(Arnest Tumwesige)

After vainly waiting for close to 15 years when Latigi Health ccentre II was established without any structure, the residents of Latigi parish in Latanya sub-county have pooled resources and constructed a temporary health centre to ease access to health services.


The work was spearheaded by a farmers’ youth group, Ribe Ber Village Saving and Loan Association, with support from Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA).

David Labalpiny, 30, a resident of Obalo village said the need to have a structures at the health centre was arrived at during an advocacy meeting held in May 2016.

Labalpiny, who is also the chairperson of the group, told New Vision that members realised that they were facing a challenge of accessing the nearby health centers as they had to walk about 10km to the nearest facility.

“It is from this point that we stormed the sub-county and tasked them with explaining why we did not have a health facility. We later came to realise that there was a health centre II coded by the Government, but none-existent on the ground,” he added.

Upon this astonishing revelation, the residents requested permission to put up a temporary structure and of the members, Kenneth Akena, offered his incomplete structure.

“In October 2016, we embarked on laying bricks, collecting sand, stones and ADRA gave us with iron sheets and timber to roof the structure, which will temporarily act as our health centre,” Labalpiny noted.

Joyce Anek Ongee, the Latanya sub-county chief, said Latigi Health Centre was started when people were still in internally displaced camps and at that time, it was serving Latigi camp.

Anek also acknowledged that the facility was coded by the Ministry of Health in 2013/14 financial year and it receives drugs with two health personnel.

The chief also pointed out that as a sub-county, they could not afford to construct a permanent structure, adding that it requires at least sh200m to put up a health centre.

“When the drugs come, they first reach the sub-county, before they are taken to Latanya Health Centre III, where they are picked from during out reaches to Latigi parish,” Anek added.

She also expressed worry over lack of accommodation for the staff despite the community’s initiative to have a functional facility.

Anna Apio, the Pader district health officer, applauded residents for their effort although she said a team from State House that visited the district in November last year had promised to delete the facility from the register.

Apio, who promised to rally behind the functionality of the facility, also told the residents that the district had allocated sh76m in the 2018/19 financial year for the construction of a permanent structure.

Enock Byafaki, the ADRA area co-ordinator, said they moved away from giving direct services to building capacity of the residents so that they can advocate for themselves on issues that affect them.

Pader district has 39 health centres, 10 of which were coded in 2013, but do not receive drugs from the ministry.

 Residents of Latigi parish in front of their health-centre's signpost

The move has been received in positive light by the residents.

Resident Samuel Ongwech says: “We should be happy for this initiative. Access to health services will be much. I pray that all people guard this centre from thieves.”

Doreen Apoto, also a resident feels that stakeholders should get involved in issues affecting them.

“People should address the issues that affect them to the concerned stakeholders,” Apoto says.

“I appreciate the landowners who offered their land. While this is a temporary structure, we have four more acres for the permanent construction site,” says Alfred Omona, a resident.

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